Day Five: This is who “I am.”

I am a child of God (John 1:12).
I am part of the true vine,
and Christ’s life flows through me (John 15:1, 5).
I am a coheir with Christ, inheriting his glory (Romans 8:17).
I am a temple – a dwelling place – for God.
His Spirit and his life live in me (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19).
I am a part of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27).
I am a new person in Christ.
My past is forgiven and everything is new (2 Cor.5:17).
I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved
(Colossians 3:12, 1 Thessalonians 1:4).
I am a child of light and not of darkness (1 Thessalonians 5:5).
I am only a visitor to this world in which I temporarily live (1 Peter 2:11).
I am a child of God,
and I will be like Christ when he returns (1 John 3:1,2).
I am born again in Christ, and the evil one – the devil – cannot touch me
(1 John 5:18).

Since I am in Christ, by the grace of God…

The sinful person I used to be died with Christ,
and sin no longer rules my life (Romans 6:1-6).
I am free from the punishment (condemnation) my sin deserves (Romans 8:1).
I have been given the mind of Christ.
He gives me his wisdom to make right choices (1 Corinthians 2:16).
I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live,
but Christ lives in me. The life I now live is Christ’s life (Galatians 2:20).
I have been bought out of slavery to sin (redeemed) and forgiven.
I have received his generous grace (Ephesians 1:7-8).
I have direct access to God through the Spirit (Ephesians 2:18).
I have been given a spirit of power, love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7).

Prayer: Father, I am so thankful that I am who you say I am, completely belonging to You.  I choose to live today declaring these truths over my heart and mind no matter what comes my way.

-JK

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Day Four: “Divine Escape Key”

1 Corinthians 10:13  (NLT) The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. 

Our God is incredibly generous, never stingy.  He does not withhold anything good from us. He remains faithful even when we are not.

He presence is always with you, as He promised.
He is with you right at this moment.

1 Corinthians 10:13 lets us know that temptation and trials will come to us all – we are to expect it. This is not to discourage us  – just the opposite.  We are not alone.

God promises that there is hope and comfort for us under all circumstances.  And He will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear.

He  gives us a ‘divine escape key’  so that there is always a way out which He provides.  The Spirit living inside of us will guide us when we humbly yield our hearts and thoughts to Him.

This means that we can no longer say ‘I could not help myself or I could not resist.’  Remember that God knows what we can handle and promised that divine escape key!

Prayer: Father, may we proclaim the truth of victory we have in Christ. And that You will provide a way when there seems to be no way out.

-JK

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Day Three: “Your New Wardrobe chosen for you”

Colossians 3  (MSG version)

Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life.

And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy.

It wasn’t long ago that you were doing all that stuff and not knowing any better. But you know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.

You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense.

And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

And cultivate thankfulness.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the new wardrobe of love you have chosen for me and poured into my heart.  In joyful obedience, I want to live this Truth today.  Help me Lord, so that whatever I am doing today, all will be to the glory of You.  (1 Corinthians 10:31)

-JK

 

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Day Two: “Doing the Stuff: Submit to God, Flee and Resist”

1 Corinthians 10: 14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

What if we sense we are going down the wrong path—toward something not good at all?

It may begin with life’s trials.  And, in not delighting to walk in the Spirit—shown by a lack of genuine worship and prayer, coupled with obstinate neglect of the Word and Church—our lives may succumb to temptations.

Then, sins; sinful thoughts and habits.  And, even more.

Prolonged patterns of behavior, and reluctant but strangely willing rejection of all that is good, truthful and beautiful. And, we, like the prodigal son, run from the Father.

We soon sense we are on the edge of a precipice; and, there are even skirmishes with the sinister.

Like the story we read earlier in chapter 10, we feel our bodies in danger of being “scattered in the wilderness”.

What do we do?  How do we get out?

How do we come back to love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control?  How do we feel the embrace of our Father again?

The verses from 1 Corinthians and James give the clearest answer:

Submit to God.  Flee from idolatry.  Resist the devil (and he will flee from you).

If you sense any of the above today—from giving into temptations, and so on.

Then, Submit to God, Flee and Resist!

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank you that we were washed, sanctified and justified in your name (1 Corinthians 6:11).  Fill us with your Holy Spirit so that we may live powerfully, truthfully and beautifully for you.  We will submit and obey you and you only!  In Christ Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Here is a vintage video from Pastor John Wimber on “Doing the Stuff”
(3 minutes and 39 seconds) (Click here)

-JK

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Day One: “Just as I am, to Christ the Solid Rock”

1 Corinthians 10:3-4 They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.

Isn’t it wonderful that Jesus is the Lord, yesterday, today and forever?

In no uncertain terms, Apostle Paul declares that “the rock that accompanied” the Israelites in the time of Exodus was Jesus.

And, repeatedly (5 times!) in Deuteronomy 32, the Rock is identified as the LORD God.

3 I will proclaim the name of the LORD.
Oh, praise the greatness of our God!
4 He is the Rock, his works are perfect,
and all his ways are just.
A faithful God who does no wrong,
upright and just is he.

From the beginning of the creation and until now, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12 NIV/NLT)

So today we pray and sing,

“Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bid’st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!”

“My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.”

“On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.”

“Just As I Am” (click here)

“My Hope is Built on Nothing Less (On Christ the Solid Rock)”
(click here)

-JK

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Day Five: Humility and Happiness

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weakness, that the strength of Christ may rest upon me. Wherefore I take pleasure in weaknesses: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

“Lest Paul should exalt himself because of the exceeding greatness of revelations given him, a thorn in the flesh was sent him to keep him humble. Paul’s first desire was to have it removed, and he besought the Lord thrice that it might depart. The answer came that the trial was a blessing, that in the weakness and humiliation it brought, the grace and strength of the Lord could be better manifested. Paul at once entered upon a new stage in his relation to the trial. Instead of simply enduring it, he most gladly gloried in it. Instead of asking for deliverance, he took pleasure in it. He had learned that the place of humiliation is the place of blessing, of power, of joy.

“Every Christian passes through these two stages in his pursuit of humility. In the first he fears and flees and seeks deliverance from all that can humble him. He has not yet learned to seek humility at any cost. He has accepted the command to be humble, and seeks to obey it, though only to find how utterly he fails. He prays for humility, at times very earnestly, but in his secret heart he prays more, if not in word then in wish, to be kept from the very things that will make him humble. He is not yet so in love with humility as the beauty of the Lamb of God and the joy of heaven, that he would sell all to procure it.

“But can we hope to reach the stage in which this will be the case? Undoubtedly. And what will it be that brings us there? That which brought Paul there–a new revelation of the Lord Jesus. Nothing but the presence of God can reveal and expel self.

“It appears as if this were the highest lesson that he had to learn, full conformity to his Lord in that self-emptying where he gloried in weakness that God might be all.”  (Andrew Murray)

Prayer: Lord, help me to become nothing, undone before you, so that I may experience the blessing of not only enduring my trials and pains but also delight and glory in all so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

– JK

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Day Four: The Secret of Contentment

Philippians 4:11-13 – I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

“The secret of contentment is not normally learned in posh circumstances or in deprived circumstances, but in exposure to both.  The brute fact is that Paul is content in both circumstances because his contentment is utterly independent of circumstances. His contentment is focused on all that he enjoys of Christ Jesus. That means he has learned, by hard experience, a relaxed contentment whatever his circumstances. Paul confesses that if he has reached this stage of contentment he owes everything to God: “I can do everything through him who gives me strength’ (Phil 4:13).

“It takes the strength and resolution and perspective that only God can provide to live above changing, difficult circumstances. But to live above circumstances, utterly content in Christ Jesus, is to ensure that you will never give up the Christian walk. Resolve to learn the secret of contentment.” (D.A. Carson)

Prayer:  Apart from you, Lord, I can do nothing but I can do all things in Christ who strengthen and enable me. I desire to remain in you, be close to you as you hold my hand tightly and walk with me today.

– JK

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Day Three: The Secret of Strength

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

“There is no truth more generally admitted among earnest Christians than that of their utter weakness.  Here, as elsewhere, God’s thoughts are heaven-high above man’s thoughts. The Christian often tries to forget his weakness: God wants us to remember it, to feel it deeply. The Christian wants to conquer his weakness and to be freed from it: God wants us to rest and even rejoice in it. The Christian mourns over his weakness: Christ teaches His servant to say, “I take pleasure in infirmities; most gladly will I glory in my infirmities.” The Christian thinks his weakness is his greatest hindrance in the life and service of God: God tells us that it is the secret of strength and success. It is our weakness, heartily accepted and continually realized, that gives us our claim and access to the strength of Him who has said, “My strength is made perfect in weakness.”  (Andrew Murray)

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your promise of sufficient grace that sustains me to endure all things. I trust you and embrace my weaknesses as you enable me to say in my weakest moments your power is perfected in me.

– JK

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Day Two: Treasures in Fragile Clay Jars

2 Corinthians 4:7-10,13-16 – “We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 10 Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.

17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

We are the jars of clay – fragile, breakable and disposable – containing the treasure because the power of the gospel is what matters. If otherwise, the jars may regard themselves as more important.  It must be clear that the great and all surpassing power we need to endure all things is from God and not ourselves.

Prayer: Lord, help us to embrace our weaknesses so that your power is manifested through us. May we go from weakness to weakness, to remain as vessels of your power, so that we are ever weak and ever strong in Christ.

– JK

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Day One: Power in Weakness

John 15:5 (NLT) – “Apart from Me, you can do nothing.”

Philippians 4:13 (NLT) – “But I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

“He, the strong, works in me, the weak. I, the weak, abide by faith in Him, the strong. And I, in the self-same moment, know myself to be weak and strong.” – Andrew Murray

“The error of this mode of thinking is that people estimate their weakness, not too highly, but too meagerly. They would still do something by the exercise of all their powers, and with the help of God. They do not know that they must be nothing before God.  You think that you have still a little strength, and that the Father must help you by adding something of His own power to your feeble energy. This thought is wrong. Your weakness appears in the fact that you can do nothing. It is better to speak of utter inability, for that is what the Scriptures mean by the word ‘weakness.’ ‘Without me ye can do nothing.’ ‘In us is no power.’” – Andrew Murray

Prayer: Father, I come to you and first acknowledge my utter inability to do anything in my own strength.  In my inability, may I receive Your strength– the power that comes in fullness with the resurrection power already living inside of us and say, “For when I am weak then I am strong” in Christ.

– JK

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